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Geography Department: SSJ Campus, Almora

Department of Geography at the SSJ Campus Almora is one of the oldest Departments of the Kumaun University established in 1955 when it came into being as Degree College affiliated to the Agra University. With the establishment of Kumaun University in 1973, it became Constituent College and elevated to the status of University Campus in 1994.The department conducts PG (M.A./M.Sc.) and UG (B.A./B.Sc.) level courses in Geography. The PG level is two years course in Geography which is divided in four different semesters of six months each. In PG level course, there are 25 seats. At the UG level, semester system also has been introduced in the year 2016-17. At UG level there are 150 seats.


The faculty members of the departments have participated in number of national and international conferences, seminars and workshop within the country and abroad, and have published more that 200 research papers, written 10 books, organized more than two dozen workshops to disseminate newly emerging technologies of Geographic Information Science, known as GI Science. Besides Fulbright Fellow, DST Young Scientist Fellow, CSIR Research Associate ship, the department has produced Scientists, Professors, Readers, Lecturers and Administrative Officers who have worked/working in different parts of our country. Based on its academic performance, this department was identified by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for the award under its FIST programme in 2005. Through this FIST award, GIS and RS laboratory was established in the department. The laboratory is well equipped with hi-tech latest GIS/RS software and hardware. Besides specialization in Physical and Human Geography, the department with the help of FIST aided GIS/RS laboratory, two latest papers, viz., GIS & GPS Applications and Remote Sensing Applications have been started at PG level since the academic year 2010-11.


The department was identified by the DST Government of India for Setting-up Centre of Excellence for Natural Resources Database Management in Uttarakhand (COE NRDMS) in 2009. The Objective of this Centre are to conduct advanced research and Master Degree Programme on Geographic Information Science (for more details visit: www.coenrdmsalmora.org)


Courses Offered:
  1. Post Graduate: M.A. /M.Sc.
  2. Under Graduate: B.A. /B.Sc.
  3. Ph. D. in Geography
Head of Department

Name : Dr. J. S. Rawat

Phone : 7533983553

Email : jsrawat1955@gmail.com

Born on 15th October 1955, Dr..J.S.Rawat is presently National Geospatial Chair Professor of the Department of Science and Technology,Government of India,and Professor and Head of the Department of Geography Kumaun University.Prof. Rawat is also Director of Centre ofExcellence for Natural Resources Data Management Centre of Uttarakhand (COE NRDMS);Coordinator of MSc Remote Sensing and GIS Course of Kumaun University; and Director of Uttarakhand Centre on Climate Change.He is Gold Medalist of the Kumaun University and has been Fulbright Fellow USA in 1988. Prof. Rawat joined Kumaun University SSJ Campus Almora as a lecturer in Geography in 1980. He achieved Indian National Science Academy Young Scientist Travel Award in 1986 to represent India in West Germany in an International Conference on Geomorphology. Dr.Rawat was awarded Senior Fulbright Fellowship by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Washington, D. C.,USA, in 1988. Recently Prof Rawat has inducted MSc Degree in hi-tech Geospatial Technologies, viz., Remote Sensing and GIS in Kumaun University through CEO NRDMS and has developed GIS based “Coordinated Action Plan for Rejuvenation of Dying Kosi River” in District Almora which has been included in the State Action Plan -2018-2019 by the State Government of Uttarakhand.With the technical support of Prof Rawat, since the last six years, the State Government of Uttarakhand has created GIS Cells under the control of District Magistrates at each district headquarter for upgradation of exiting e-Governance system into GIS based g-Governance system for efficient, transparent, good and decentralized governance in the State.


Prof. Rawat has published about 124 research papers in international/national journals/books; written three books; participated in 15 International conferences including in Canada, Germany and China; participated in 89 conferences/expert committee meetings in India; and has supervised about one dozen Research Projects on Geographic Information Science, Environmental Geomorphology, Environmental Hydrology GIS and Remote Sensing funded by the Department of Science and Technology,Government of India; University Grants Commission, New Delhi; Uttarakhand Council of Science and Technology, Dehradun; and Uttarakhand Science and Education Research Centre, Dehradun; organized 59 workshops and seminars for capacity building of the country in applications of geospatial technologies(GIS/GPS) in governance and for environmental management; and has also supervised ten Doctoral thesis in Geography.


Beside the Kumaun University, Professor Rawat has served G.B.Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Katarmal as Scientist in 1989 and the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee as Scientist-E & Head of Regional Centre, Hydrology of Hard Rock Region, Belgaum in 1994. Prof. Rawat has also served Directorate of Research and Extension, Kumaun University as its Joint Director during 2009-11; presently looking after the Education programmes on MSc Remote Sensing and GIS as its Coordinator; is Senior Editor of the "International Journal of Advanced Earth Science and Engineering"; and is also Resource Person of Uttarakhand Judicial and Legal Academy; Academy of Uttarakhand Administration; and UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, Kumaun University. For his distinguished contribution in education and research works in Geography specially in the field of Geomorphology, Hydrology and GIScience, Prof.Rawat has been honored by the American Geophysical Union as an Elected Member of the American Geophysical Union in 1989; by the Governing Council of the New York Academy of Sciences as an Active Member of The New York Academy of Sciences in 1995; by the Geological Society of India as Fellow of Geological Society of India in 1998; as Kumaun Gaurav Samman in 2013; and by India International Friendship Society and International Institute as Bharat Jyoti Samman and Glory of India Gold Medal, in 2013, and as National Geospatial Chair Professor of Department of Science and Technology by the DST New Delhi in 2018.In 2018 he also achieved Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation First Prize from in the National Water Award 2018 in the category of the best district river revival.


Geography Department: DSB Campus, Nainital

The department of Geography is one of the oldest and internationally recognized departments established in the year 1951 as a part of DSB Government Post Graduate College, and since 1973 it is functioning as one of the premier departments of the University. The Department has the honour of organizing Scientific Symposium of 21st International Geography Congress [IGC] of the International Geographical Union [IGU] in 1968; and hosting the first International Summer School on Land Use Studies in association with Aligarh Muslim University in 1965. The Department is equipped with state of art Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System [GIS] Lab. The Department has been playing a very significant role in the creation and dissemination of state-of-art new knowledge in various emerging issues of global to local significance, such as the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]; Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation; Water, Health, Livelihood and Food Security; Disaster Risk Reduction; Gender Mainstreaming; Natural Resource Management, Green and Resilient Urban Growth, Institutions and Governance with a specific focus on Sustainable Mountain Development in context of the Indian Himalayan Region [IHR]. The Department is promoting wider applications of the emerging and frontier areas of science and technology, particularly Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System [GIS] and Global Positioning System [GPS] both in teaching-learning and research.


Department is collaborating with a large number of Universities and Institutions of excellences across the world in the above-mentioned thrust areas through international projects supported by the Australian Agency for International Development [AUSAID]; Ministry of Education, Japan; Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany; The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation [NORAD]; Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative; French Ministry of Research; Ganges Water and Land Ecosystem [WLE] Programme of Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research [CGIAR]; International Water Security Network [ISWN]; Indian Himalaya Climate Change Adaptation Programme [IHCAP] of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation [SDC]; UK India Education and Research Initiative [UKIERI] of the British Council; International Urban Climate Change Research Network [UCCRN)]; International City Management Association [ICMA]; United States Agency for International Development [USAID]; the Finland Research Council; and Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research [APN], Japan.


The Department of Geography is one of the Lead Partner institutions of the multi-institutional collaborative Educational and Research Capacity Building Project on 'Sustainable Natural Resource Use in Arctic and High Mountain Areas' [SUNRAISE] along-with nine Universities of excellence in Europe, funded by the European Union [EU]. The Department is also one of the partners of international collaborative project on 'Urban Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Across Hindu Kush Himalaya' with Yale University, USA; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD], Nepal; and University of British Columbia, Canada, funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA], USA. Besides, the Department is also implementing joint field-based Educational and Research Programme with the University of Bergen, Norway supported by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education [SIU]. The Department is also participating in International Multi-stakeholder 'Global Challenges Programme' with Newcastle University, the United Kingdom sponsored by the Royal Society, UK.


Besides, the Department is also contributing towards the dissemination of the state of art recent knowledge created through international collaboration to a range of stakeholders including higher education faculty, researchers, policy planners and community-based institutions through organizing conferences, seminars, dissemination workshops, training courses, capacity building programmes and other outreach events from time to time. The Department has some of the best faculty members and researchers of the country who are not only involved as Member of Steering Committee of various international organizations, such as different Commissions of the International Geographical Union [IGU] and Global Mountain Commission [GMC], but also serve as Resource Pool of Experts and Consultants for a large number of National Training and Research Institutions and Government Agencies. The Faculty members of the Department have been making a remarkable contribution towards building the new generation of enthusiastic researchers, and many Doctoral Students of the Department have had the opportunity of participating in a number of International Training Programmes and Summer Schools in the institutions of repute in Taiwan, Switzerland and Austria during the recent years. The Department has organized a number of International Conferences, Seminars and Workshop during the recent past sponsored by the apex international and national agencies, and attended by the leading experts of the world. The Department is also the headquarters of the Himalayan Geographical Association which publishes the Journal of 'Regional Science and Development'.


Head of Department

Name : Dr. P. C. Tewari

Phone : 9410941117

Email : pctiwari@yahoo.com

Professor Prakash C. Tiwari is currently chairing the Department of Geography, DSB Campus, Kumaun University, Nainital. He also worked as Assistant Director [Micro Regional Planning] at National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj [NIRDPR], Government of India, Hyderabad. Professor Tiwari is a Mountain Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist; and have worked with various national and international organizations in India and abroad in these fields. Professor Tiwari has implemented a number of multi-institutional collaborative research projects sponsored by international organizations including Australian Agency for International Development [AUSAID]; Ministry of Education, Japan; Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany; The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation [NORAD]; International Water Management Institute [IWMI]; Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research [APN]; British Council under the UK India Education and Research Initiative [UKIERI]; Finland Research Council; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD]; and apex national agencies including Department of Science and Technology [DST], Indian Space Research Organization [ISRO], Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change [MOEFCC], Government of India; University Grants Commission [UGC] and Indian Council of Social Science Research [ICSSR], New Delhi.


Professor Tiwari has been involved as 'Knowledge Partner' in the 'Indian Himalaya Climate Change Adaptation Programme' [IHCAP] of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation [SDC] and 'Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience' [HI-AWARE] Project of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD] and Canada International Development Research Centre [IDRC]. He also worked as 'Climate Change Expert' in Indo-US Project jointly implemented by Urban Climate Change Research Network [UCCRN] and International City Management Association [ICMA] under the International City Link Programme, supported by United States Agency for International Development [USAID], and Consultant to the International Water Security Network [ISWN] Project. Professor Tiwari is a Professional Mentor to the International Academic Programme for 'Creating a Flexible, Enduring and Peaceful Global Society' [TAOYAKA] of Hiroshima University, Japan. He is one of the Lead Authors of Hindu Kush Himalaya Monitoring and Assessment Programme [HIMAP] of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD], Kathmandu, Nepal. Professor Tiwari is also Coordinator of Himalayan University Consortium [HUC] at Kumaun University, Nainital. Currently, Professor Tiwari is collaborating with some of the top-ranking universities of North America and Europe as Lead Indian Partner in multi-institutional international projects on 'Sustainable Urban Development in Hindu Kush Himalaya' funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA], USA; Sustainable Natural Resource Use in the Arctic and High Mountains [SUNRAISE] supported by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 Programme on Capacity Building in Higher Education [CBHE]; and joint Field-based 'Educational and Research Programme' on Water Conservation sponsored by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education [SIU].


Professor Tiwari was awarded 'Invitation Fellowship' of Japan Society for Promotion of Science [JSPS], and worked as 'JSPS Fellow' at Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan during 2012-2013. Professor Tiwari won the highest international fellowship - 'Mercator Fellowship' - of German Research Foundation [DFG], and worked as 'Mercator Professor' at Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany during 2007-2008. He was also awarded 'Guest Professor Fellowship' of German Academic Exchange Service [DAAD], and worked as 'DAAD Guest Professor' at the University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany in 2002. Professor Tiwari has been two-time 'Shastri Fellow' of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute [SICI], Canada; and worked at University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada in 2005, and at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada in 1997. Professor Tiwari was appointed as 'Visiting Professor' at Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK; the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea, Sweden; University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria; and University of Turku, Turku, Finland; and 'Visiting Scientist' at University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany from time to time. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of European Land-use Institute [ELI], Bonn, Germany; and member of the Scientific Steering Committee [SSC] of the Commission on 'Cold and High Altitude Regions' [CHAR] of the International Geographical Union [IGU]. Professor Tiwari is involved with Global Mountain Commission [GMC], Switzerland; Mountain Research Initiative [MRI], Switzerland; Mountain Forum [MF]; Mountain Partnership [MP]; and Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study [MAIRS], at the Chinese Academy of Sciences [CAS], Beijing, China. He has been 'Fellow' of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change [UGEC] and Earth System Governance [ESG] Project of International Human Dimension Programme [IHDP]. Currently, Professor Tiwari is acting as the Chief Editor of International Journal of Geography and Regional Planning; and Member of the Editorial Boards of 'International Soil and Water Conservation Research' [ISWCR] of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation [WASWC]; International Journal of 'Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems' [CASES], and International Journal of 'Global Innovations in Agricultural and Social Sciences'.


Courses Offered:

The department offers a range of courses in all prominent and emerging streams of geography both at Under Graduate and Post Graduate levels. In order to make teaching-learning and knowledge creation a tune to local, regional, national and global environmental and developmental priorities the Department has launched a wide range of interdisciplinary and mountain-specific courses, such as Natural Resources Management; Integrated Mountain Development; Integrated Watershed Development; Urban Environmental Planning; Environmental Management and Sustainable Development; Agro-ecosystem Management; Rural Development and Planning; Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation; and Disaster Management during recent years. The emerging and frontiers are frontier areas of science and technology, such as Remote Sensing [RS], Geographic Information System [GIS] and Global Positioning System [GPS] constitute the core components of the academic curriculum of the Department. Both the Under Graduate and Post Graduate Programmes are Semester based, and equally open to the students of Arts as well as Science streams. The Department has been organizing online Short Term Course on Application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System in natural resource management, sponsored by Indian Space Research Organization [ISRO], Government of India under its 'Outreach Programme' since 2016.

Faculty Members of SSJ Campus, Almora
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. J.S. Rawat Professor & Head Geomorphology/ Hydrology/ GIScience/ Climate Change Science jsrawat1955@gmail.com 07533983533 Dr. J.S. Rawat View Profile
2 Dr.Jyoti Joshi Assistant Professor Geomorphology drjyotijoshialm@gmail.com 07409404508 Dr.Jyoti Joshi View Profile
3 Dr. Deepak Assistant Professor Agricultural Geography Deepakk5226@yahoo.in 09837558203 Dr. Deepak View Profile
4 Dr.Arvind Singh Yadav Assistant Professor(Contractual) Agriculture/ Biogeography/ NaturalResource Management. asy04@rediffmail.com 09026319250 Dr.Arvind Singh Yadav View Profile
5 Dr.Naresh Chandra Pant AssistantProfessor(Guest Faculty) RemoteSensing and GI Science ncpant2017@gmail.com 09639759585 Dr.Naresh Chandra Pant View Profile

Faculty Members of DSB Campus, Nainital
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email id / Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. D.C. Pandey Professor Regional Development, Agricultural geography, Environmental management, planning dcpandey1ntl@rediffmail.com 9412361958 Dr. D.C. Pandey View Profile
2 Dr. R. Chand Professor Himalayan environment and land use planning, socio-economic and demographic transformation raghubir.seri@gmail.com 9412983484 Dr. R. Chand View Profile
3 Dr. R.K. Pande Professor RS/GIS Applications, Geomorphology, Disaster Management ravindrapande@hotmail.com Dr. R.K. Pande View Profile
4 Dr. P.C. Tiwari Professor and Chairman Natural Resource ,watershed Management, climate change Food & livelihood Security, RS/GIS applications, Disaster management pctiwari@yahoo.com 9410941117 Dr. P.C. Tiwari View Profile
5 Dr. R.C. Joshi Professor Geomorphology & Application of remote sensing in geo-science joshircj@rediffmail.com 8958811453 Dr. R.C. Joshi View Profile
6 Dr. Anita Pande Professor Geomorphology & Environmental management AnitaPande@gmail.com 9411793991 Dr. Anita Pande View Profile
7 Dr. Manisha Tripathi Assistant professor Geomorphology, hydrology Watershed management, Resource Dynamics, Rs GIS manishatripathi.jnu@gmail.com 9411197183 Dr. Manisha Tripathi View Profile
8 Dr. Mohan Lal Assistant professor Sustainable development Agriculture geography Mohanl72@yahoo.com 9410162227 Dr. Mohan Lal View Profile
9 Mr. P.C. Chanyal Assistant Professor Remote Sensing & GIS Application, Geo-Spatial Technologies and Its Application on Natural Resources Management, Horticultural Practices & Agricultural Development in Himalaya, Soil and Water Resource Management, Environment and Climate Change Prakash_chanyal78@yahoo.com 9690659365 Mr. P.C. Chanyal View Profile